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Viktor Orbán: We are in a half-war situation

Hungary is to build a second fence on the Serbian border, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his usual Friday radio interview.

Speaking to state-owned Kossuth Radio, Orbán announced that the existing razor-wire fence will be strengthened with another one, using the latest technology.

“Another, more massive defense system is needed that can stop hundreds of thousands of people at the same time,” he said.

Although Orbán still thinks that the border between Greece and Macedonia should be the first priority, Hungary must prepare for the unraveling of the EU-Turkish agreement, and if this happens “hundreds of thousands of refugees may arrive”.

“Then if it does not work with nice words, we will have to stop them with force, and we will do so,” he said.

Under the existing deal, Turkey has agreed to help stem the tide of illegal migrants into the EU bloc in exchange for aid and visa-free travel for Turks. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly said that European leaders are not living up to their side of the pact.

Orbán also mentioned that 3000 new “border hunters” will be hired this year to protect the border.

“We are at a half-war situation,” he said.

Open refugee camps also pose danger, at least according to Orbán. He said that when the Hungarian state refuses a refugee’s claim for asylum, activists of human rights organizations financed by George Soros hand in appeals. During the procedure, asylum-seekers have to be kept in open camps. If the camps were closed, even those few migrants who are now staying in towns and cities would not be here, he added.

“The security of our wives and daughters is at stake,” Orbán said, adding that more Hungarian children need to be born.

Needless to say, he also stressed that the current labor shortage can only be solved by demographic changes.

Orbán did not say how much the new defensive measures will cost. A few weeks ago, pro-government daily newspaper Magyar Idők reported that Hungary and spent a staggering HUF 4.5 billion (USD 16.2 million) securing its border since the start of the European refugee crisis.


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